Following this checklist will help guarantee your home is in the best condition for the remainder of the year.

  • Roof: Inspect your roof’s surface, eaves, soffits, and flashing.  For safety reasons and to ensure proper inspection, contact a reputable company to tackle this task.  Hornberger Restoration offers free estimates.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.  Repair gutters that may have become loose or detached.  If possible, run a hose on the roof to check for proper drainage.  If a leak exists, dry the area and seal the leak.
  • Siding: Use a pressure washer to clean siding and to keep mold from growing.  Check wood surfaces for wear.  If wood is showing through the paint, sand the area and apply a primer coat before painting.  If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
  • Exterior Caulking/Sealant: Inspect areas that are caulked/sealed, replace if cracked or separated.  Remove old caulk and re-seal the area.
  • Windowsills, Doorsills and Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, and repaint or replace if needed.
  • Window and Door Screens: Clean screening.  Patch holes or replace the screen.  Remember to save old screen for future repairs.  Repair any damaged frames and repaint.  Replace worn hardware.  Make sure hardware, such as hinges and closers, are securely fastened; lubricate if necessary.
  • Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration.  If a significant number of bricks are losing their mortar, call a professional.  If you can slide a nickel into a crack in your concrete foundation, call a professional immediately.
  • Deck and porches: Check porches, patios, decks, stairs and railings for loose materials and rotting.  Wood decks and fences should be treated every five (5) years.  If the stain does not look like it should or the elements have turned the wood grey, it is time to treat.
  • Landscape:  Trim bushes, trees and other vegetation.  Limbs and leaves can damage your home’s gutters, siding and paint.  If possible, trim roots to avoid damage to concrete foundation, walkways and porches.
  • Sprinkler Systems:   For Central Indiana, we recommend Waterborne Systems for complete inspection, maintenance, or installation of sprinkler systems.
  • HVAC: Clean units.  Check belts; adjust if needed and replace worn belts.  If you are concerned about damage or prefer someone else manage this tough job, contact a professional to complete a full inspection of your HVAC units.